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Lowdham C of E Primary School

‘Shine Like Stars’

Governors

VACANCIES

We currently have a vacancy for a Diocesan Board of Education governor.

If you feel that you could offer our school your support and experience, please do get in touch with either the Head (Ben Waldram), the Chair (Emma Wilson) or our Ex-officio (Reverend Simon Jones)

 

We would welcome applications from anyone with the desire to help develop our school. We would particularly welcome applications people from a wider diverse background or someone with experience in finance.

 

More information can be found on the NCC website here.

 

Governor Roles Overview

The governing body has a range of duties and powers and a general responsibility for the conduct of the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievement.

Its responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • setting targets for pupil achievement
  • managing the school’s finances
  • making sure the curriculum is balanced and broadly based
  • appointing staff
  • reviewing staff performance and pay

 

THE GOVERNORS: 

As a Church of England school we have a majority of “Foundation Governors” appointed by the Church Council of St. Mary’s and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.  Other “Representative Governors” include those representing staff and the Local Authority. Each term of office is for 4 years. A full list of Governors with linked areas and committees (Pupil and Personnel and Finance and General Purposes) in brackets follows:

 

Our Instrument of Governance is currently 12. This is made up of the following:

7 Foundation Governors: 3 DBE (Diocescan Board of Education); 3 PCC (Parochial Church Council); and 1 Ex-officio.

5 Non-foundation Governors: 1 Headteacher, 1 Teacher Governor, 1 Local Authory Governor and 2 Parent Governors.

 

The pay committee is made up of the chairs of both committees and the chair of the FGB and meets annually.

Chair of the P&P committee: Dr Emma Wilson

Chair of the F&GP committee: Mrs Jo Hird

The clerk to the governing body (NCC employee) is Mrs Claire Ruddick

 

The table and bios below last updated: July, 2021

All minutes from our Full Governing Body meeting and committees are available upon request.

The attendance begins from this year as we have had several new governors.

Meet our governors.

 

Tracey Akehurst

I’m mum to Jack and Ellen (now in their twenties) and married to Paul. We have lived in Oxton for over 20 years and I’ve always been actively involved in my local community. I am currently the chair of the Oxton Community Fundraisers, a small village charity group.

I was appointed as a Foundation Governor in 2019, which is supported by my work as the Benefice Administrator for seven local churches, including St. Mary’s, Lowdham and I am actively involved in all aspects of church life. I bring administrative and project management experience and I really enjoy developing links in, and being involved with, different communities.  I also enjoy teaching others in my capacity as a freelance Horticultural speaker.

I am the link Governor for Geography and Policies.

I firmly believe you never stop learning. Education gives you the academic, practical and creative tools to question and engage with what the world’s all about and schools play a huge part in exposing children to the many different life paths that lie before them. I became a Governor to help support the school in being the best it can be; a place where each child is valued and develops their own self-esteem and confidence. I’m very much hoping they’ll teach me a thing or two as well.

 

Tess Cumberlidge

I have had the privilege of teaching at Lowdham since 1999. Over those years I have had two children of my own, both of whom attended the school. I currently teach in Year 2, and I am KS1 lead. I am also lead for Pupil Premium, Science and Music. I am extremely lucky to work with wonderful colleagues, supportive parents, and of course, amazing children. I was teacher governor way back when I started at the school, and am very pleased to have taken on this role once more.

 

Janice Hewitt

I am a former teacher of Home Economics and Food Technology whose later years were spent running a business as an Holistic Therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist, I have spent my retirement devoting herself to family and young grandchildren.

I am a churchwarden in the parish of Lowdham with Caythorpe and Gunthorpe and am dedicated to forging links between school and church.

I particularly enjoy showing groups of children around St. Mary’s Church in Lowdham.

 

Jo Hird

I am a mum of two, originally from Burton Joyce and now living in Bingham with family living in Lowdham. My background is in the creative industries having worked with a variety of small to large business owners to improve their brand and market identity and I now own a Limited Company with my husband providing graphic design support to local charities, retailers, and SMEs. I enjoy voluntary work that relates directly to my experience as a mum, having been Chair and Treasurer of a Preschool in Ruddington and a playgroup leader in Bingham.   

I am the link governor for art and special needs (my son is on the autistic spectrum).

I am proud to have the opportunity to contribute to the enrichment of children’s development at Lowdham Primary.

 

Alex Holland

I live in Lowdham and have two children attending Lowdham Primary, one in Year 6 and one in Year 4. I am the Link Governor responsible for monitoring Safeguarding in the school and with supporting the school with tackling bullying issues. To help me with this, I use the knowledge and skills gained from my job as a psychologist working with children and young adults with additional needs within the education system. I particularly support with children who are anxious about attending school and children who are in Care or who have previously been in Care to ensure they are able to access and receive the education they deserve.

 

Simon Jones

As the Curate at St Mary’s Church in Lowdham I am on Lowdham Church of England Primary School Board of Governors as an Ex Officio Governor. As such I am committed to ensuring that ties between the church and the school are as strong as they can be and that we are supporting Mr Waldram and the full school team in bringing a uniquely Christian context to the education all the children receive at Lowdham primary school.

Prior to ordained ministry I worked for 30 years in the IT and Communications sectors selling services to large corporate customers. I hope that my business experience can also be of some practical use to the school.

 

Christine Saunders

My husband, Ian, and I have lived in Lowdham for 35 years and I have always been involved in village life. Whilst our children (now parents themselves) attended Lowdham School, I held various roles on the Friends' committee and organised and supported many activities over the years.

After retiring from my career as Head of Sixth Form and teacher of MFL, I became a volunteer with the NSPCC Schools Service, and have delivered hundreds of Speak Out Stay Safe assemblies and workshops in primary schools throughout Nottinghamshire, including Lowdham. I have developed new transferable skills, a greater understanding of safeguarding, and an enjoyment of working with younger children. 

I am enthusiastic about my new role as governor and feel that I can make a meaningful contribution to the life of the school. I look forward to supporting both staff and pupils in whatever way I can. 

 

Chris Simson

I am a foundation Governor and a member of Lowdham, Gunthorpe and Caythorpe Parochial Church Council.  I moved to Lowdham in 2017 to be closer to family and love the sense of community here.  I am also a member of Lowdham FLAG.

I retired in 2015 after a career including briefing Ministers, examining redundancy strategies and being in charge of Freedom of Information in the Attorney General's Office when he advised on the legality of the invasion of Iraq in 2005.  I am health and safety governor.

I want to do all I can to support the Head and fellow Governors in maintaining the excellent Christian ethos of the school.

 

Lee Sycamore

I have recently been elected as a parent governor and committee member for FG&P.  I am also the link governor for PE. 

I live in Epperstone with my wife, Samantha and our three daughters, two of which are pupils in Years 4 + 6.

I am a designer and chartered professional bringing over 20 years’ experience of project management, investment and strategic delivery within planning, economic growth and regeneration, working across both private & public sector administrations.

I have always been involved with and supported our local communities.  I am proud to support the staff and Head in the running of our wonderful faith school where our children really are given the opportunity to ‘Shine Like Stars’.

 

Ben Waldram

I am the headteacher here at Lowdham CofE – it is my first headship after working in a variety of schools in Nottingham and Derby. Ensuring that the children in our care get every opportunity to fly and succeed is my privilege. Through a fantastic team of staff and governors, we are able to do that. I have three children of my own and live with my wife (Sarah) and the family over in Beeston. Big fan of brews, biscuits and buffets!

 

Emma Wilson

I am an Associate Professor in Public Health at The University of Nottingham. I have expertise in health research and higher education quality assurance. 

I am the link governor for Science and Most Able/gifted learners.

I am interested in how preschool age children learn and how we can improve lifelong health outcomes by reducing preschool inequalities. 

I have lived in Lowdham for over 20 years and I am proud to be part of the community in the village. I am a member of Lowdham Parish Council and the Lowdham Flood Action Group. 

 

 

Register of business interests.

All governors sign a form every year to declare whether they have any business interests that could be seen as a link to the school. This is done to ensure absolute transparency, especially regarding any appeals that may have to be made or any financial matters.

These can be seen in the table below.

GOVERNORTERM OF OFFICEAPPOINTED BYBUSINESS/ OTHER INTERESTSOTHER ROLESATTENDANCESUBJECT LINKS
Tracey Akehurst

Sept 2019

Sept 2023

PCCNone

St Mary's Administrator

F&GP

4/7Policies
Andrea BurrowsSept 2014Associate Governor - can vote in committees onlyNone

Deputy headteacher

P&P

7/7 
Tess Cumberlidge

Nov 2020 

Nov 2024

Staff governor 

KS1 lead, SLT

P&P

5/5 
Nicky Gale 

July 2019

July 2023

DBEHas one child attending LPS

 

2/2

Nicky resigned as governor on 18/12/2020

 
Janice Hewitt

May 2017

May 2025

DBEChurch Warden St Mary's

None

F&GP

7/7EYFS, art, DT
Jo Hird

May 2019

May 2023

DBENone

None

F&GP

6/7SEND, HT appraisal
Alex Holland

April 2018

April 2022

Parent governorHas two children attending LPS

None 

P&P

6/7

Safeguarding, LAC/PLAC, computing, anti-bullying

Simon JonesOctober 2019Ex-officioCurate at St Mary's

None

P&P

6/7RE, Collective Worship, Pupil Premium
Christine Saunders

Nov 2020 

Nov 2024

LA governorReading volunteer

None 

P&P

5/6English, MFL
Chris Simson

Sept 2019

Sept 2023

PCCWorks with children's groups and runs Messy Church

None

F&GP

7/7

Vice Chair

H&S, GDPR

Lee Sycamore

Dec 2019

Dec

2023

Parent governorHas two children attending LPS

None

F&GP

5/7PE link
Ben WaldramSept 2017Headteacher 

None

F&GP/P&P

7/7 
Emma Wilson

Feb 2021 

Feb 2025

PCCHas one child attending LPS

None

P&P

6/7Chair, complaints, maths, Science, Most Able, PSHE and Wellbeing

 

 

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